Kennel Supervisor, Animal Welfare - 3365

Career Purpose

The Animal Welfare Kennel Supervisor performs technical, supervisory and administrative work as part of kennel operations of the Animal Welfare Division.

This position is assigned to the Animal Welfare Division, which is located within the compound of the City of Lawton Public Works Department facilities located at 2104 SW 6th Street.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.     

  •  Supervises kennel staff and other assigned staff.
  • Reviews reports prepared by subordinates or others. 
  • Assists Superintendent in planning and establishing operating policies and procedures.
  • Initiates and revises work schedules as needed and assigns personnel to specific duties.
  • Assists Superintendent in personnel management activities such as interviewing candidates for kennel workers vacancies and performance evaluations of kennel workers.
  • Trains subordinates in methods of operation and ensures proper knowledge of policies, procedures, and cleaning methods, and proper animal handling is being enforced, as directed by the Superintendent.
  • Completes daily reports detailing all actions taken in the kennel in response to request for service and investigations, and daily cleaning, and medical procedures.
  • Track inventory, purchasing, of supplies and medication, for use within the division.


  • Conducts public speaking programs for the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership and explaining city/state ordinances at public schools, neighborhood watch meetings and civic organizations.
  • Provides assistance to out of town law enforcement agencies to include: Sheriff, Highway Patrol, Tribal Police and Ft. Sill Police during raids, evictions, domestics, deaths, arrests, seizures and impounds.
  • Provides assistance to USDA agents as well as Oklahoma State Veterinarian investigators as needed and requested.
  • Provides administrative support in divisional budget workshops, revisions, updates and changes in policies/procedures and ordinances.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalency, at least (4) years experience as shelter supervisor, veterinarian assistant or similar position working with animals, or code enforcement background.
  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a state animal euthanasia certificate within 6 months of hire.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration Certificate within 6 months of hire.
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel while maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Extensive knowledge of the city’s geography.
  • Extensive knowledge of acceptable animal husbandry techniques as well as small animal/livestock behavior.
  • Ability to work with animals without fear. Willingness to work with sick and/or vicious animals.
  • Above average skill in handling animals.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly        = 67% of the work time or greater;

Frequently      = 34% - 66% of the time;

Occasionally  = 12% - 33% of the time;

Rarely             = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

Regularly:is required to sit, speak, listen, read, write, and various other office related functions. Must be able to lift up to 100 lbs.

Frequently: required to reach, handle, finger, grasp, speak, see (shape/size/distance/ motion/color), climb, lift and/or carry containers weighing up to 30 pounds, and must be available for emergency situations during various hours including  weekends, and holidays.

Occasionally:works in the capacity of acting superintendent, attending administrative meetings.

Rarelyis required to pick up donations from local citizens and/or businesses.

  • Static and trunk strength to use all the muscle forces possible to lift, carry, push or pull heavy objects, (Dead, injured, tranquilized animals).
  • Flexibility to bend, twist or reach out with the body and/or arms, use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and run.
  • Ability to work in a confined area with little movement outside that area.
  • Ability to have good memory recall.
  • Ability to work under stress and maintain mental and emotional control.
  • Skill in the use of the four basic arithmetic operations.


The work environment characteristics described here are reprehensive of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.


Regularly        = 67% of the work time or greater;

Frequently      = 34% - 66% of the time;

Occasionally  = 12% - 33% of the time;

Rarely             = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift

  • Regularly: Outside, exposed to heat, cold, humidity, rain, etc.
  • Regularly: Subject to working on slippery surfaces.
  • Regularly: Exposed to steady and fairly loud noises.
  • Regularly faces: Possibility of exposure to zoonotic and/or infectious diseases.
  • Regularly: Contact with water at various work sites.
  • Regularly: Subject to working in cramped positions.
  • Regularly: Exposed to allergens such as bee/wasp stings, pollen, cat and dog hair, etc.
  • Regularly: Exposed to chemical irritants such as cleaning solutions, bleach, etc.


The candidate for this position must possess the interpersonal skills as well as attitude necessary in promoting smooth relations between parties without jeopardizing policy structure or impeding progress in conflict resolution. 

This position requires extensive interaction between the employee and superintendents, supervisors, co-workers, subordinates, representatives from other agencies and divisions, and the general public. The employee must possess the ability to react to, and address, daily situations without interjecting personal feelings and/or opinions, basing responses on guidelines established in divisional/departmental policies and procedures, therefore resulting in a positive outcome to any given situation.


Supervision Given:

Provides direct supervision to Animal Welfare Kennel Staff

Supervision Received:

The employee performs duties under the direction of the Animal Welfare Superintendent.  The employee plans and carries out the superintendents directives in accordance with departmental / divisional policy and procedures.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence immediately upon receiving applications.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  


As an employee with the City of Lawton, you will receive various benefits in addition to your base salary.  Some of those benefits are:

  • Paid Vacation Yearly (after 6 months of employment)
  • 12 or 13 Paid Holidays (7 or 8 hard holidays and 5 flex days)
  • 96 hours of sick leave per year
  • Partial premium payment for Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Health Saving Account (HSA) is available
  • Medical Flexible Spending Accounts available
  • Dental Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma is available
  • Vision Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield utilizing the EYEMED network is available
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance provided
  • Many other Employee paid optional supplemental benefits
  • Retirement through Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund (OkMRF)
    • 3.5% Employee Defined Contribution Plan - 3.5% City match
    • 7 years 100% vested
  • Voluntary 457 Plans available through ICMA Retirement Corporation or Nationwide

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
Closing Date
Career Type
$1,336.00 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Animal Welfare

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